Friday, May 27, 2016

Three Books I WISH I Read My Freshman Year of High School

So I've been out of high school for nearly six months now- which, I know, is still not a lot of time.  But, in that period, I've had a lot of time to reflect on my (rather crazy) high school experience, and I've come to the conclusion that there are a quite a few books that, if I had read them my freshman year, would have helped me tremendously.  Whether it involved dealing with fake friends, bullies, crushes, or that constant need to overachieve, I know that all these books would have definitely helped me out a lot.  

1. Simon Vs. the Homosapien's Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

Now, this book was released (and read) my junior year of high school, but I SO wish I would've been able to get my hands on it sooner.  One of the reasons I cannot stop talking about my love for this book, is because of its underlying message of always being unapologetically "you".  Simon knows that he's different than his peers, and yet, that doesn't stop him from being himself.  While I like to think that I never faltered from being my true self, I know that I had moments where I would try to be someone I wasn't, or where I tried too hard to "fit in".  Simon is a perfect example of a book that shows that you don't have to fit in with the crowd.  

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 

Another book that I read later on in my high school career, Fangirl is a story that I know would've been so helpful to me my freshman year.  As Cath deals with the trials and tribulations of starting school, making friends, growing up, and

following dreams, her story resembles (to an extent) what my high school experience was like.  Her struggle to fit in and find her place in her new school would have been so comforting to me at the start of my high school career.  

3. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson 

*Gasp* a non-fiction book?! Since I've been out of high school, I've been rediscovering non-fiction self-help/positive thinking books, and this has been one of my favorites lately.  I highly recommend it to anyone who's even a little bit interested in positive thinking, or anyone that tends to be high-strung (me). It really teaches you to let go of the small stuff, and live a happier life.  I can note so many times in high school where I was too anxious and too high-strung, and even moments now where I still am.  Whenever I jump into this mindset, I think of what that book said, and it helps to calm me down.  

So those are the three books that I wish I read my freshman year of high school! Have you read any of these books? Will you be picking any of these up soon? Let me know! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Release Day + Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway: TEMPTING ISABEL by Rissa Brahm

Today is the release day for Rissa Brahm’s exotic Tempting Isabel! I am so excited to share this sexy new romance with you. Be sure to check out the excerpt Rissa is sharing with us and enter her giveaway!

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Tempting Isabel - Ebook (1)Luck. Lust. Love.

Wedding planner Isabel Ruiz is cursed. Her hometown of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico agrees, considering her tragic track record. Alone and loveless, she creates fairy-tale weddings for others. Her only distraction? The occasional anonymous fling. So to avoid further tragedy, her rule, one–night–only, is never broken…

Until Zack.

Self-made millionaire Zack James is in town for his brother’s wedding, when a sudden spell of depression hits. Maybe burned out by his fast and luxurious lifestyle? Not even his two female companions hold any interest.

That is, until he meets Isabel.

She humbles and captivates him, reigniting his thirst for life. With her, Zack feels more alive than ever. To his delight—and her dismay—they share a deep bond, a sensual connection, and one mind-bending night.

Zack must have her – to complete him. And Isabel must escape him – to save him.

Their game of catch and chase leads to lust-turned-love. For Isabel, it's fate’s cruelest joke. But Zack won’t quit, positive he’s the cure to her curse. Can he convince her to risk everything with him? Or will it all go south…in paradise.

**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language, and adult situations. HEA.

That Kiss. Tempting Isabel

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cover Reveal: BROOKS by Chelsea M. Cameron

Today we are revealing the cover for BROOKS by Chelsea M. Cameron. This book is a new adult, contemporary romance novel. It kicks off the new standalone series, Benson Brothers. It is currently up for exclusive pre-order on iBooks.

BROOKS by Chelsea M. Cameron
Benson Brothers #1 / Releasing June 28th

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Brooks Benson is bored, stuck and miserable. When both his parents were unable to continue running the variety store, he dropped out of college and came back home to help. It’s been almost two years and he’s tired of making pizzas and selling scratch tickets to the locals of Hope Harbor, Maine. But as the second oldest Benson brother, he’s the one that stepped up. Now all he can see is a gray future in front of him.

Remington “Remi” Tate is disappointed, frustrated and out of options. After dropping out of college and trying to make a go of it in New York, she’s forced to come back home to live with her parents in Hope Harbor. Totally humiliating. Things are looking pretty grim until she starts baking again and runs into Brooks when she visits Benson Variety to ask if they’ll sell her whoopie pies, cakes, and cookies.

What was once a high school crush is now something much more mature that hits both of them like a ton of bricks. Brooks is game, as long as they keep things physical. which is just fine with Remi. She’s not planning on sticking around Hope Harbor forever and Brooks is definitely a lifer. They’re just two different to ever build something that could last.

Life rarely goes according to plan and what starts as just sex soon turns into something that splashes color into their once-drab lives. For the first time, they find peace and security in one another. But will it last? Or will everything crumble into pieces, leaving them with nothing?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Release Day + Exclusive Excerpt: SMUT by Karina Halle

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What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also might find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership together using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

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Lauren Blakely's Surprise Announcement


Lauren’s sexiest couple ever, Julia and Clay, are back!That’s right! Fans asked and Lauren is delivering!

 The one question Lauren has received regularly in the last two years since the publication of ONE MORE NIGHT, the final novel in the Julia and Clay story in the Seductive Nights series, is “Can you please tell us what Julia and Clay are up to now?”

is the answer to that reader request!